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Every Attraction at Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Ranked

Could have been easily bought into the heavy culture of neighbouring France or Germany. But Belgium chose not to and sticks its own distinct ways of living. From eating and drinking to pretty much everything else, they won’t settle for anything less “Belgian”, and one could easily tell the difference.

This extends from liking more icing sugar on their triple-layered chocolate waffle and wanting more fries after having a bucket of fries for lunch (what’s better than fries for them is more fries). And they like their art and music GRAND. And Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts is where the grandeur of Belgian art culminate at.

About Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts

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Situated at the downtown Royal District, Coudenberg, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts is a collection of five museums with over 20,000 pieces of artefacts, each holding pivotal importance in the history of Brussels. Both political and in terms of the evolution of art. From the esteemed Flemish Primitives collected during the Burgundian dynasty to the surreal works of René Magritte, the Royal Museum holds a huge, rather a rare collection of artworks you will not find anywhere else. Take a look at the five museums that are a part of Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts, ranked —

1. Oldmasters Museum

With a vast collection of drawings and sculptures collected and accepted from the 14th to the 18th century, the Oldmasters Museum is a visual treat for the lovers of art. The museum was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte himself in 1801.

Timings: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday to Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm.

Location: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

2. Magritte Museum

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The Magritte Museum will be an immersive experience if you like your art surreal. The museum has a unique collection of surreal works of Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte. From oil canvas to wall paintings, there are a wide range of art varieties here.

Timings: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday to Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm.

Location: Place Royale 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

3. Fin-de-Siecle Museum

The Fin-de-Siecle Museum has a rather special place in the evolution of Belgian art. Most of the collections here are influenced by the 19th-century art movement, which saw the convergence of primaeval and contemporary art. It is in this cusp were Art Nouveau, Symbolism and Wagnerism were born, and you can see the influence in the art collection here.

Timings: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday to Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm.

Location: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

4. Wiertz Museum

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What was once artist Antoine Wiertz’s personal painting studio, the Wiertz Museum now holds an exhaustive collection of art influenced by the Romantic Movement of the 18th century.

Timings: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 12 pm and 12:45 pm – 5 pm.

Location: Rue Vautier 62, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

5. Meunier Museum

Constantin Meunier used modern art as a tool to elevate the status of industrial workers and miners with a touch of modern. Take a walk through the fine collection of art that doesn’t stop at delivering aesthetic values and rather speak history.

Timings: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 12 pm and 12:45 pm – 5 pm.

Location: Rue de l’Abbaye 59, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium


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